Personal Development – By Design or By Default?

Personal development is key!  If you are not already aware of where you are,  you will not be able to successfully direct yourself to where you want to be.  How much time are you devoting to growth and personal development?  How much do you read?  I have been neglectful of this but decided to get back on track.  Right nIMG_20160607_055423_255000ow, I am revisiting a personal favorite – The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People.

Today’s reading was on Habit 2 –  Begin with the end in mind.  The excepts pictured are particularly meaningful to me.  The idea of dual creation was unique when I first read it but definitely made sense.  The key point for me is this – Our first creation stems from external forces around us.  Our second creation can either be ours or that of someone else’s design based on their agenda…IF WE LET THEM.  “In our personal lives, if we do not develop our own self awareness, we empower other people and circumstances outside our Circle of Influence to shape much of our lives.  We reactively live the scripts handed to us by family, associates, other people’s agendas, the pressure of circumstances…” (p. 107).  Beginning with the end in mind is critical to living a life by design and not a life by default.  Which one are you living?

Source:  Covey, S. 2004. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. New York, NY

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